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Join in on Bark's upcoming free hikes and trainings:
Spring Volunteer Orientation Thursday, March 15th 6:00-7:30PM If you are interested in getting involved with Bark attend this open-house to see what our work is about and get plugged in to upcoming volunteer opportunities! You will be able to sign up to help with outreach events around Portland and field work in the forest or partner with Bark staff to work on the Free Mt. Hood campaign.
Groundtruthing 101: Fun with Maps Thursday, March 29th 6:00-8:00PM Groundtruthing involves documenting threats to public forests and finding inconsistencies between what the Forest Service says and what is actually occurring on the ground. This information is essential for building a legal and public case for stopping destructive projects, and is a great introduction to the work we will be doing in the forest during our spring/summer 2018 field season.
This groundtruthing training will be two parts. On Thursday, March 29th we will meet in the Bark office from 6:00pm to 8:00pm to prep for our day in the forest. We will learn how to research timber sales with Bark's resources and learn how to read timber sale maps in preparation for our day in the forest on Saturday, March 31st. Learn more about part two, Groundtruthing 201: Fun in the Forest.
Space is limited - please RSVP with Michael or at (503) 331-0374 if you're interested, and for location details.
Groundtruthing 201: Fun in the Forest Saturday, March 31st 9:00AM-5:00PM This will be the second part of our March Groundtruthing training. We will learn to safely navigate our way through the forest with basic map and compass skills, play detective amongst the trees, and learn to see all the things that make an ecosystem healthy as well as the problems associated with proposed logging. We will also discuss how to document what we see in the forest to create a compelling case to advocate for the area.
We will be in the forest all day, so please bring rain gear, lunch, and good boots. Space is limited to 10 people, so please RSVP with Michael or at (503) 331-0374 if you are interested. And if you are able please also attend Groundtruthing 101 on Thursday, March 29th. This is a primer to what we'll do on Saturday.
April Bark About: Ecospsychology Hike Sunday, April 8th 9:00AM-5:00PM Since it was proposed about 25 years ago, Ecopsychology has studied and is studying our connection with the rest of the natural world and the deep emotional and psychological affects of this separation. It looks at how overwhelming global ecological crises inspire emotional responses like denial, despair, and projection. Ecopsychology puts a lot of focus on methods that help to foster the sense of connection with the rest of nature and it looks at ways that can be used to convince people to pay attention and take action regarding environmental concerns. Hike leaders Courtney and Bryan will guide a discussion of the basic concepts within ecospsychology as we explore areas of intact old growth in Mt. Hood National Forest.
April Ecology Club: Birds of Mt. Hood Wednesday, April 11th 6:30-8:30PM Birds have been described as everything from "bellwethers of environment health" to "the gateway drug for naturalists." In our April Ecology Night we'll explore the keys to bird identification, learn what species to watch for in the Mt. Hood region, and learn a little about new technology that is making birding more fun and accessible for the digital age. Along the way, Brodie Cass Talbott, an Oregonian who has birded across four continents, will explain why 2018 is "The Year of the Bird" and why bird appreciation and conservation are more important than ever.
Bark Hike Leader Training Sunday, May 6th 9:00AM-5:00PM Do you love sharing your enthusiasm for Mt. Hood with others? Ever considered leading a Bark hike? At this hike leader training, we will provide you with all the tools you need to facilitate a meaningful and fun experience in the forest. You will receive a primer in navigation, emergency preparedness, and the art of crafting a conservation-themed hike tailored to a broad audience.